The Western Athletic Conference will induct three former players and a former commissioner into its Basketball Court of Honors during the WAC Basketball Tournament in March, officials announced Tuesday.
The 1991 inductees are former commissioner Stan Bates, Air Force Lt. Gen. Robert Beckel, former San Diego State basketball standout Tony Gwynn and former Wyoming Cowboy Kenny Sailors.Bates served as commissioner from 1971-1980. He was the third commissioner in WAC history, served on the NCAA Executive Committee and was president of the Collegiate Commissioners Association.
Beckel, who graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1959, still holds many of the academy's single-season and career scoring records including the highest season scoring average (26.4), the highest career scoring average (22.8) and the most points in a season (555).
Gwynn, known for his baseball career with the San Diego Padres, began his Aztec career in 1977-78. The four-year letter-winner holds the SDSU career assist record with 590, led the team in assists during the 1978-79 and 1979-80 seasons and was named second team all-WAC both seasons.
Sailors played basketball at Wyoming from 1941-43 and 1945-46. During his career the Cowboys compiled a 68-11 record and won the 1943 NCAA Championship. Sailors was named the Most Valuable Player of the championship final and also won the Sullivan Award, given to the outstanding amateur athlete in the nation. He also is credited with inventing the jump shot and was the first to use it at the collegiate level.